Day 11’s itinerary was to visit the Temple of Confucius at Guo Zijian street in Dongcheng District. The Confucius Temple in Beijing is ranked second in size (22,000 square meters) behind the Temple of Confucius in Qufu in Shandong Province of all the temple of Confucius in China. It is built in 1302 in the Yuan dynasty and expanded during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The admission fee to the Temple of Confucius is RMB30 (CAD5) per person. This includes the neighbouring Guo Ji Jian (Beijing Imperial College) which was the institute of highest education in China.
A statue of Confucius stood at the entrance of Dacheng Gate (Gate of Great Accomplishment).
There are 198 stone tablets placed on either side of the front courtyard of the Dacheng Hall. The stone tablets contain 51,624 names of Jinshi (the advanced scholars) of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. (more…)